Welsing Dominates Luxemburg Enduro!
By Tom Wagner
October 13, 2007; Luxemburg, WI. — Veteran enduro racer Todd Welsing sped away to the win Saturday afternoon in the first ever 200 lap Tisler Salvage Compact Car Enduro at the Luxemburg Speedway in Luxemburg.
Welsing topped an interesting field of competitors, including many racers from the area enduro circuits as well as a collection of Luxemburg’s Friday night regulars.
Mark Mincheski, a former Street Stocker at Luxemburg, looked to be the man to beat early. He took command on the 50th lap, pulling away to what appeared to be a comfortable lead. Welsing was locked in a battle for second with Pat Wassenberg and two familiar faces to the Luxemburg racing scene – IMCA Modified National champion Jared Siefert and former track modified champ Eddie Muenster.
Mincheski’s run was solid – but short – as he was collected in a crash on the 64th lap while working through lapped traffic. The incident ended his afternoon, handing the lead to Welsing.
Siefert was the next of the lead lap cars to drop. He worked quickly into contention from last on the starting grid, but was a mechanical casualty on the 82nd lap.
Welsing worked his way to a half-lap advantage over Wassenberg and Muenster during the middle laps of the event. Their battle for second ended abruptly as Wassenberg tangled with lappers, sending his car into a roll down the backstretch on the 126th lap. Mike Loberger was the only other car on the lead lap, but when racing resumed, he headed for the pits, leaving only Welsing and Muenster.
Muenster was unable to chip away at the half-lap advantage Welsing had built, and any hope he had of a late charge ended on the 181st lap as the left rear suspension snapped.
At the checker, Welsing enjoyed a four lap advantage over second place finishing Jeff Behm. Keith Graper, Brian Diener and Jay Welsing rounded out the top five, all five laps down.
Along with Wassenberg, three other drivers also ended up on their roofs during the course of the afternoon. James Bosman crashed hard on the 44th lap after running with the leaders early. Bill Martin rolled in the third turn, but was able to drive off to the pits, although he dropped out for good a short time later. And after just exiting from the pits, Travis Ragan took a nasty tumble through three and four. None of the crashes produced any serious injuries.
Luxemburg Speedway Tisler Salvage Enduro Results:
(1-10) Todd Welsing; Jeff Behm; Keith Graper; Brian Diener; Jay Welsing; Jay Orr; Ken Hewitt; Duke Truttman; Mark Gerrits; Brad Bricco
(11-20) Eddie Muenster; Chris Hale; Mike Loberger; Mike Ritcher; Jason Meulemans; Dan Carne; Thom Terrien; Pat Wassenberg; Travis Ragen; Matt Oreskovich
(21-30) Frank Calabrese; Jesse Madoche; Logan Sobieck; Lonnie Jepson; Jim Smits; Jared Siefert; Greg Wiltman; Mark Minchseki; Matt Rowe; Bill Martin
(31-37) Angie Muenster; James Bosman; Cory Suchocki; Greg Banker; Jerry Leary; Tom Davister